It's the moment Legend of the Seeker fans have been waiting for: Richard Cypher (played by hunky Australian actor Craig Horner) will finally come face to face with that epitome of Seeker evil, Darken Rahl (Craig Parker) on this weekend's episode, "Conversion," Horner and executive producer Ken Biller told SCI FI Wire in an interview.
"I guess it's that Luke-Skywalker-meets-Darth-Vader kind of thing," Horner said. "It's a big deal. It's who he's been chasing the whole time. He's only heard stories about the tyranny of this person. When he sees him he just knows. It's just cool."
And along the way there's chains and bondage.
"Conversion" is a turning point for the series, Biller said. "They discover the extreme lengths that Darken Rahl will go to in order to exert complete control over the people of the Midlands, including trying to get for himself a new and dangerous power."
Richard will discover "that fulfilling the prophecy isn't going to be as easy as defeating Darken Rahl in a sword fight," Biller added. "It's also an episode in which Kahlan [Bridget Regan] becomes aware for the first time of a new and dangerous aspect of her powers, which will continue to play out over the course of the series."
The episode was important enough that the producers ended up reshooting the big fight scene, Horner said. "Because when we did it, we're like, 'We can do better,'" he said. "'We can make that fight better. We can flesh it out.' So we went back and did a whole half day, just getting that fight right."
Legend of the Seeker is a syndicated fantasy series that explores the journey of Richard, the Seeker, and his companions Kahlan and Zedd (Bruce Spence) as they battle to protect the Midlands from the evil Rahl. The television series is based on Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth book series.
"Conversion" premieres in syndication this weekend on Saturday, March 14, or Sunday, March 15.